10/22/15 Secret Government Emails
The use of secret emails by Washington officials is a critical issue.
In spite of agency policies, the Federal Records Act — federal law — is crystal clear on how correspondence is to be retained.
Lisa Jackson, the EPA Administrator from 2009 to 2013, used the fake name “Richard Windsor” for her email. This was likely to avoid complying another federal law — the FOIA act. Jackson wasn’t even the first head of the EPA to do so. Elizabeth Browner started the practice under President Bill Clinton.
Republicans have gotten into the act, too. Karl Rove, political adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, was caught using private email for White House business. His emails were processed on a server held by the Republic National Committee.
No one’s doing this unless they have something to hide.
There should be criminal consequences for federal officials who knowingly conceal email correspondence from legal scrutiny.